Colts owner Jim Irsay believes “there’s merit in removing” Daniel Snyder as Commanders owner

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday that he believes “there is merit in removing” Daniel Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders.

Irsay, who spoke to reporters at the NFL’s fall league meeting in New York, is the first owner to publicly state this position. Snyder and the franchise he has owned since 1999 are currently the subject of separate ongoing investigations by the US House Oversight and Reform Committee and former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White, who is conducting a new review in behalf of the NFL, regarding allegations of misconduct in the workplace. .

“You know, it’s a tough situation. I think there’s merit in removing him as the owner of the [Commanders]Irsay said Tuesday. “I think it’s something we need to look at, we need to look at all the evidence and we need to be thorough going forward, but I think it’s something to seriously consider.”

The removal of an owner requires the vote of three quarters of the ownership (24 of 32 votes). Irsay was asked if he thought there would be 24 votes to remove Snyder, who did not attend the meeting, as owner of Washington.

“I think potentially there will be,” Irsay said, “but we’ll see.”

Irsay said there would not be a vote on Tuesday and that it was “hard to say” how soon one might happen.

“I don’t know how long it will take,” Irsay said. “We’re certainly going to be thorough and look at everything. It could be at the March meeting, I don’t know, but I know we want to be thorough and look at everything carefully.”

Irsay’s comments come less than a week after ESPN.com published an article detailing Snyder’s alleged efforts to influence other owners and the league office to maintain control of the team. According to ESPN, Snyder has told people close to him that he has negative information about other NFL owners and league executives, including commissioner Roger Goodell. The Colts owner told reporters he wasn’t concerned if Snyder had any potentially negative information on him.

“I don’t know about that,” Irsay said. “I couldn’t care less. You can investigate me until the cows come home, that’s not going to hold me back. Private investigators or anything like that, to me, I just shrug it off. It’s irrelevant to me. I don’t don’t.” I know nothing about that, I only focus on the issue of what happened in Washington and for me it is very worrying.

Commanders issued the following statement Tuesday in response to Irsay’s comments:

“It is highly inappropriate, but not surprising, that Mr. Irsay chose to make public statements based on falsehoods in the media. It is unfortunate that Mr. Irsay chose to go public with his statement today, while an investigation is underway, and the The team hasn’t had a chance to respond to the allegations. The Commanders have gone through a remarkable process over the last two years. We trust that when he gets a chance to see the actual evidence in this case, Mr. Irsay will conclude that no no There is reason for the Snyders to consider selling the franchise. And they won’t.”

Snyder also sent a letter to NFL property on Tuesday, specifically denying the allegations made in the ESPN.com article.

“There is an allegation in the ESPN article that I think is important to address immediately. The article cites unnamed sources who said: ‘they were told that Snyder directed his law firms to hire private investigators to investigate the other owners,’ and Commissioner Goodell. That is patently untrue and intended to erode trust and goodwill between property owners which I take very seriously. I have never hired any private investigator to investigate any property owner or the Commissioner. I have never instructed or authorized my attorneys to hire any private investigator on my behalf for such a purpose. And I would never do that.”

Goodell told reporters Tuesday that there is no timeline for completing the White investigation. When asked what he thought of Irsay’s comments, Goodell said he told members that “speculation without facts is not a very positive thing.”


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